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Tweet from Brian Kirby, "Christmas came early. The 2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc is unbelievable."

Facebook post from Jens Rosencrantz, owner of the Cincinnati Wine Garage: "One advantage of having a poor inventory system in the cellar, is that you get surprised by a case that you entirely forgot about. 2004 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderful."

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This speaks for itself:

From a friend of the wine buyer for Whole Foods Columbus who owns a restaurant in Colorado and imports wine from the Languedoc.

"My dear friend
Last week Janie and I were in Languedoc doing our blends. Every year my producers put on a lunch for us and everyone brings a wine to serve blind. So I brought over a bottle of the delicious 2007 Cab Franc you sent me. Everyone guessed classified Bordeaux including a British MW who was present. It was superb. Please tell them the French love their wine!!!"


Winegrower's Comments from Barrel Tasting:

Thanks to all of you who made the drive to Kinkead Ridge for our annual barrel tasting. Special thanks to those who voted and commented on the wines. As always, the tasting was a learning opportunity and it gave me some insight into what to do with the difficult 2009 vintage.

The Cabernet Franc was a bigger hit than expected so we will release it separately with perhaps a barrel or two of the Cabernet Sauvignon blend to add structure. The second red wine with the addition of some Cabernet Franc would then become a Revelation like blend; perhaps with a new "fanciful" name (suggestions welcome.) Both will be our second label River Village Cellars.

Photos from November 27 Annual Barrel Tasting



Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc
Wins Coveted Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup Wine Invitational is over and judges tasted over 600 wines. Wines are by invitation only, this is not a typical paid competition where wineries pay a fee to enter. They selected 70 of the very best as contenders for the top 20 winners (6 from CA, 14 other states). Only 4 of these 14 winners are vinifera, 2 winners from Ohio and we are the only vinifera winner from Ohio.

Kinkead Ridge in the Top Five of the Ohio/Michigan Wine Clash Competition
Winner: 2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

American Wine Society Competition Results
Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver Plus; Kinkead Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc: Silver. Both of these wines were judged in October after only a few months in bottle. Many of the gold medal wines at this event were from vintages from 2007 or earlier, so this was a great result.

Kinkead Ridge and Ravenhurst, the only two Ohio wineries featured in Opus Vino. Written by a new generation of wine critics with up- to-date, in-depth knowledge of the different wine regions, the wineries and their wines, Opus Vino provides greater coverage to the wine world than any other illustrated wine book. Organized by country, and then broken down into regions, districts, and wineries, the book looks at more than 4,500 individual wineries, identifies each region's top producers and its rising stars, and entries cover the owner, grapes, wine styles, and their best wines.

At 800 pages, Opus Vino takes wine publishing to new heights and gives both professionals and amateur enthusiasts a wine reference fit for the 21st century. Available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in November, with international editions to follow next year.
Click here for details.

Great Article from CityBeat. Chef Julie Frances, Nectar, a great supporter of local food and wine, recommends locally sourced products for holiday gift baskets. See

There are new videos on youtube. Search youtube for Kinkead Ridge 2010 videos.

Click here to request a copy of our retail outlets. There are three wine stores in Ohio that can ship within Ohio or out-of-state.

Click here for a one page summary of the upcoming 2010 releases, or visit the Wines link from the home page and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Read what others are saying about Kinkead Ridge in their blogs...

Click below for access to six regional tours of Ohio wineries. Visitors can download turn-by-turn directions to their : Garmin, TomTom, Smartphone, PDA, iPod or any MP3 player. Also included is a brief description of each winery, along with contact information and hours of operation.


We are often asked about food and wine pairings. This is a great site to browse, Natalie MacLean's Food Matcher.

"Why  go for those long distance relationships when you can find love in your own back yard." 


Brillat Savarin noted two features which distinguish man from beast:
1. Fear of the future.
2. Desire for fermented liquors.


When I wrote the wine label text for this year's releases, I found this HILARIOUS web site to generate silly tasting notes. See Scroll to the bottom of the page, select Make a New Note, and generate text like these. Have fun!

Rounded but equally over-oaked Merlot. Forcefully bites you with hair-spray, morally superior slim jims and traces of orange jello. Drink now through 2011.

Ready to drink and overdone Syrah. Essences of prune, acidic monster carrot and scant clay. Drink now through whenever the cows come home.

Intense but lackluster Cabernet. Reminiscent of peach-pit, arcane seedless watermelon and dainty beef. Drink now through 2012.

Creepy and whimsical Rose. Starts with pear, limp bourbon and semi-weak toast. Drink now through April.

Rich and smokey almost unripe Gamay. Detectable toast, middle-aged lime and corpulent juniper. Drink now through never.


Words on Wine: 
Famous quotes throughout history about wine. Click here.


Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her,

"I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."
She got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out my wine.

She's such a bitch.


You are riding on a beautiful white horse.
On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won't get out of your way
and you can't seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?



Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round.


Bottle of Merlot

A man asked a waiter to take a bottle of Merlot to an unusually attractive woman sitting alone at a table in a cozy little restaurant.
So the waiter took the Merlot to the woman and said, 'This is from the gentleman who is seated over there.'.... and indicated the sender with a nod of his head.
She stared at the wine coolly for a few seconds, not looking at the man, then decided to send a reply to him by a note..
The waiter, who was lingering nearby for a response, took the note from her and conveyed it to the gentleman.

The note read: 'For me to accept this bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your garage, a million dollars in the bank and '7' inches in your pants'.

After reading the note, the man decided to compose one of his own in return. He folded the note, handed it to the waiter and instructed him to deliver it to the lady.

It read:
'Just to let you know things aren't always what they appear to be, I have a Ferrari Maranello, BMW Z8, Mercedes CL600, and a Porsche Turbo in my several garages; I have beautiful homes in Aspen and Miami , and a 10,000 acre ranch in Louisiana . There is over twenty million dollars in my bank account and portfolio. But, not even for a woman as beautiful as you, would I cut off three inches. Just send the bottle back'

For women only:

What A Real Man Does

A real man is a woman's best friend. He will never stand her up and never let her down.
He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her after a bad day.

He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret. He will enable her to express her deepest emotions and give in to
her most intimate desires.

He will make sure she always feels as though she's the most beautiful woman in the
room and will enable her to be the most confident, sexy, seductive, and invincible……

No wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine.
That's what wine does...

Never mind.

Funny drinking quotes:

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~ Jack Handy

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